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The Year of Mercy and the family were the
main themes for this year’s feast of
St Thomas the Apostle Mass in St Francis
St Thomas is the patron saint of India,
where he travelled to spread the gospel
and was eventually martyred in 72AD. His
feast day is July 3.
The Mass on the evening of Friday July 1
began with nine young Indian girls dressed
in national costume bringing symbols of
light, incense and flowers to the altar in
the traditional welcome ceremony called
‘Maha Aarathi’ (three circles).
The altar servers were from the three
Catholic rites – Latin, Syro-Malabar and
Syro-Malankara; the choir sang hymns in
five different Indian languages, and the
prayers of the faithful were read in six
In the offertory procession, the spiritual
works of mercy were reflected in images
brought to the altar by two Indian Sisters
and the corporal works of mercy were
represented by the donation of food,
clothing, toys and essential items which
were carried by families from the different
Indian communities. The goods were later
delivered to the St Vincent de Paul Society
for distribution to those in need.
A newly married couple who had only
arrived in Australia a few days earlier
brought the bread and wine to the
Archbishop. They later described it as a
After the congregation recited a special
prayer in honour of St Thomas, about 70
children and young people received a
blessing from Archbishop Wilson and were
presented with holy cards featuring Our
Lady of Mercy.
Sr Sheela Thomas, from the Diocesan
Multicultural Office, said parents were
delighted to have their children blessed
and one expecting mother was thrilled
when the Archbishop said he would pray
for her and her baby.
About 500 people attended the Mass and
many stayed for a supper provided by
members of the Indian communities with
assistance from the Diocesan events team.
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To be invited into a family circle at such a time
is a privilege and a trust without equal.
Nothing matters at such a time,
but the wishes of those we serve.
Indian families honour their patron saint
By Jenny Brinkworth
ST THOMAS REMEMBERED: Young Indian girls bring symbols of light, incense and flowers as part of the traditional welcome
Photo: Tony Lewis
A priest visiting the
sick in Peru
Through their hands, God’s hand caresses the earth...
Priests and religious are above all the apostles of Divine
Mercy - and not merely during the extraordinary Year of
Mercy that Pope Francis has proclaimed for the whole
Church. They feed the hungry, comfort the grieving, endure
injustice. They promote reconciliation and absolve the
repentant from their sins. Day by day, through the works
of spiritual and corporal mercy, they show people the Face
of the Merciful God. ‘They’ are the priests and religious
of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has proclaimed an
Extraordinary Year of Mercy, which is intended to be “a time
of grace for the Church and to help render the witness of
the faithful stronger and more effective.” It is surely also
an occasion to reflect with great gratitude on the witness of
those who proclaim this Mercy with their whole lives.
Throughout the world wherever the Church is poor, persecuted
or threatened, there are tens of thousands of priests and
religious daily living the ‘Yes’ they have already given to God.
It is vital that the indispensable work of priests and religious
in Christ’s Holy Catholic Church and throughout the missions
worldwide continues. The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in
Need (ACN) is proud to help them in their efforts to make the
world a better place. The average grant ACN gives to support
priests and religious is between $200 - $500 but whatever you
can afford will be enormously appreciated. ACN forwards the
donations directly to the religious superiors in charge of the
religious communities and congregations.
A complimentary Year of Mercy rosary designed by the
Vatican rosary makers and blessed by Pope Francis will be
sent out to all those who give a donation of $15.00 or more
to support this cause and tick the box below.
Every confessor must accept the faithful as the father in
the parable of the prodigal son. Confessors are called
to embrace the repentant son who comes home and to
express the joy of having him back again.
Chosen to be the
Mother of the Son of
God, Mary, from the
outset, was prepared
the Ark of the Covenant
between God and man.
She treasured divine
mercy in her heart in
perfect harmony with
her son Jesus.
The red and white
beads represent the
rays of light of the
Parish and school communities
within the Adelaide Archdiocese
have once again dug deep, raising
$625,254 for the annual Project
In announcing the 2016 figures,
Caritas Australia CEO Paul
O’Callaghan said he was so grateful
to every diocese across the nation
which had participated in the
fundraiser, helping to raise more
than $11 million in total.
He paid particular mention of the
1730 Catholic schools throughout
Australia and their “fantastic
support” to the work of Caritas.
Money raised through the appeal
will go towards assisting vulnerable
and marginalised people in other
In South Australia, more than
35,000 Project Compassion boxes
were distributed to parishes and
schools, with Adelaide Diocesan
Caritas director Angela Hart
describing the local fundraising
effort as “truly wonderful”.
“It is amazing that in this 50th
anniversary year the Adelaide
Archdiocesan community is still
giving even more generously to
Project Compassion. Thank you to
all who through Project Compassion
continue to care for and enrich the
lives of the world’s poorest children,
women and men,” Mrs Hart said.
Bumper annual appeal
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